NYCHA

Minneapolis-based public housing poobah’s $258,000 job will become a volunteer post, as NYC Housing Authority struggles with basic maintenance.
NYCHA residents in Brooklyn say their debilitating health problems are caused by industrial pollution — but it’s nearly impossible to prove.
Josefa Bonet of Manhattan’s Riis Houses had four times the normal level of arsenic in her system when she died.
The drop in rental income appears to imperil NYCHA’s ability to perform repairs to aging properties as required by a recent agreement with the feds.
Chilly residents of one Baruch building are also dealing with holes in the wall and leaks in the ceiling that get plastered over, but not fixed.
A court-ordered timeline for fixing boilers and elevators and eliminating toxins and pests is imperiled by a gigantic deficit in rental revenue, says the housing authority.
The lab responsible for Riis Houses chaos handled Legionnaires’ disease testing at 11 public housing complexes. All of its work is now getting reexamined — with no notice to tenants.
NYCHA executive Eva Trimble testified that the authority only relied on the firm once, at Riis Houses — but it was actually many times at dozens of buildings.
A visit to the apartment of one tenant shows how problems that aren’t solved in a timely fashion only get worse.
At a tense City Council Hearing, NYCHA officials were grilled about the authority’s lethargic response to complaints about cloudy water and positive arsenic test results. Its chairman was a no-show.
On eve of a Council investigative hearing, sources say weeks went by without action, even as tenants filed dozens of complaints of foul, cloudy water.
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Gregory Russ will step down as CEO, Mayor Eric Adams announced, while remaining the public housing authority chair at a $258,000 salary. Now-retracted tests that showed arsenic in drinking water is just the latest scandal Russ faced.
City Council committees are seeking a clear explanation from public housing officials and Mayor Eric Adams about what exactly happened with the water at Jacob Riis Houses.
Federal monitor Bart Schwartz told public housing tenants he’s working with the city Department of Investigation, which has subpoena power, to review how arsenic came to be detected (and then not) in residents’ drinking water.
Housing officials are consulting the experts in city green space to tackle longstanding problems at some crumbling play spaces.
NYCHA and the city still haven’t explained when they first became concerned about potential contamination, or why it took three days for the results to be made public.
Mayor Eric Adams maintains that results showing arsenic in the drinking water at Manhattan’s Riis houses were “questionable” — while not revealing that new clean results come from taps that had been flowing for an extended time first.
Eric Adams is promising transparency as his administration probes how things got so cloudy in the first place.
The federal overseer of the city’s public housing system demands all documentation be preserved, as it pursues investigation into toxic water at Manhattan’s Riis Houses.